At Banyan Fields Primary School our mission is to provide quality teaching and learning where children become confident, enthusiastic learners and socially competent, community builders. We instil the values of respect; honesty; teamwork; friendliness; responsible learning and positive relationships in all of our endeavours and we are proud of the high calibre students who leave us prepared to flourish in their future lives.
Our aim for our students is that they experience a seamless education from pre-school to year 12; we work hard to develop relationships with the neighbouring kindergartens and local high school to promote effective and supportive transitions. We offer a wide range of programs and opportunities for children to develop their potential intellectually, emotionally and socially in a secure, caring environment.
Banyan Fields Primary School - The Heart and Spirit of the Community where Confident Children Learn with Passion.
Community connectedness and learning are the building blocks for students to develop their skills for life. Personal skills of optimism, resilience, caring, teamwork, respect, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, communication and leadership skills are essential skills in present and future successful relationships.
Each student at Banyan Fields Primary School is supported in their development through practicing our school values:
• Respect: treating people with dignity, speaking with a caring tone.
• Honesty: Tell the truth about a situation, taking care to give all relevant information.
• Friendliness: Including others, being pleasant
• Teamwork: Working together to achieve a task, activity, project ensuring that each team member contributes to the whole through carrying out their roles.
•Responsible Learning: Positive learning attitude where understanding what is required and self assessing own progress
Positive Relationships: Learning to communicate, use social skills to build friendships and resolve issues caringly when needed.
Our curriculum is constantly reviewed to ensure the children receive exciting and stimulating programs based on the Victorian Curriculum and a diverse program of extra-curricular activities. Our teachers are skilled in developing hands-on, interactive and engaging learning tasks that are relevant to students. They too provide opportunities for students to apply their learning in a range of contexts, using appropriate technological devices to assist them. We integrate learning topics together so a range of ideas are addressed at one time, allowing students to be creative and develop their resourcefulness, reflectivity, communication and collaboration skills. We also encourage students to make mistakes! This means they are trying new things, pushing themselves and having to overcome the barriers to their learning; in doing so developing their resilience.
Banyan Fields Primary School has a curriculum that is based on the individual needs of students, statewide benchmarks and real life challenges and topics of global relevance. The curriculum provides a balance in developing academic, social and emotional skills preparing students for their present and future learning.
Programs are both challenging and inspiring creating interest and passion in students when working towards their full potential.
All programs are supported by a wide range of Digital Technology and multi-media - taking advantage of interactive whiteboards, iPads, 3D design and printing as well as the use of Google Apps & Edmodo giving access to programs to students and parents at school and at home.
High expectations and standards of learning and behaviour is emphasised in all teaching and learning practices. Our students are inspired to have high expectations of themselves and be fully engaged in learning and relationships.
At Banyan Fields Primary School, our highly focused, student oriented teachers and support staff, work hard to increase their professional learning at every opportunity.
Banyan Fields Primary School has dedicated teachers who provide individualised targets and feedback to support successful student achievement.
Banyan Fields Primary School has extensive enrichment programs to cater for the variety of interests of students. We aim to have students be active participants in school life. Below is a sample of the opportunities.
• Student Leadership Program
• Peer Mentoring Program
• Math Olympiads competitions
• Robotics - teams involved in the RoboCup Junior dance & rescue
• Reading, Writing and Spelling challenges
• Environmental Heroes - sustainability program run by students for students
• Food For Everyone program
• Vegetable gardens - composting across the whole school
• Interschool Sport - including cross country, athletics, swimming
• Basketball, cycling and special purpose squads
• Swimming program
• Perceptual Motor Program
• Excursions and in-school visits
• Visiting artists, speakers and authors
• School camps - Years 2 - 6
• High prized Visual Arts Program- renowned throughout Frankston
• Performing arts program that includes: involvement in Victorian Schools Spectacular, music and dance performances, aerobics, School of Rock and group instrumental lessons available.
Banyan Fields Primary School still has a rural setting in a suburban environment. Our extensive grounds has access to two ovals and the wetlands providing the opportunity to study environmental studies. The layout of the grounds provides areas for prep play equipment and two other large play equipment areas for the rest of the school, quiet shaded areas, rotunda with seating, picnic seated area, basketball courts, sand pits, cricket nets, grassed areas for minor games, four square courts make up the vast playing areas.
The buildings support: prep learning centre featuring 5 spacious classrooms, PMP centre, reading recovery centre and three indoor / outdoor areas.
Our faciltities also include: Artroom, Languages (Spanish) centre , Multi-media centre, library, multi-purpose centre; full sized basketball stadium with multi-purpose foyer, music centre, multimedia green room, separate Out of School Hours Care building and the Old School house.
Banyan Fields Primary School has a great parent support and encourage active participation in school life. There are many activities for parents to become an active member in your child's education. We support the community through our multi-partnerships with community organisations. The aim is to provide services for families. We have partnerships with Frankston Council, Monash University, Chisholm Institute, Peninsula Health, Ardoch Foundation, St Luke's church, OzChild, Anglicare, Cairnmillar Institute and OnPsych services.
Some students receive additional support from a wide range of Allied Professionals who work with the school. These professionals include psychologists, counsellors, speech therapists, occupational therapists and a chaplain. Students are able to access these programmes through liaison with the classroom teacher and our Assistant Principal; Well-being.